Waterdeep News
Poisonings Rumored -- Zzar Scarce
By Ed Greenwood

Waterdeep -- A zzar shortage prevails in Waterdeep today after citizens began stockpiling zzar, ale, and other drinkables in "frantic buying" that emptied the keg-rooms of many shops.

The rush of purchases was spurred by swift-spreading rumors that some wine sold in the city has been poisoned. Such beliefs seem to have arisen hot on the heels of the deaths of three outlander wine-merchants, each of whom collapsed into wild convulsions in the Market yestermorn.

Independent Waterdhavian merchant Azbold "the Bold" Bahammurhor had handbills printed and run throughout all the city wards warning folk to "shun all but freshly-pressed local vintages, upon pain of dreadful death!" Handbills from vintners in Rassalantar, Amphail, and Goldenfields have now appeared in the streets announcing "firelight revels" for the next three nights, which Waterdhavians may attend to watch casks being tapped and sampled. Citizens can then buy wine on the spot that they're "sure of."

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